Shepherd’s Home is a community of people called to intentionally strive to live out the values of servant leadership in our relationships with each other (as described in our values), creating an atmosphere where each person can find their passion and come to life. By God’s grace, as we grow in love and humility through these experiences, we seek to share and practice our values with our neighbors, visitors, and those we are individually called to serve.
Our Core Values
Our core values, around which we act, reflect and make our decisions together, are:
Christ-centered. Our faith in Jesus Christ, including our desire to follow his example and teachings as described in the Bible, is the central foundation on which we define servant leadership and base our values and life together.
Community. We value a connected and inter-dependent life, where each person’s gifts and role are needed and contribute to the whole, and where we are accountable to and responsible for each other.
Safety. We value hospitality, grace, acceptance, authenticity, and understanding in our relationships with each other.
Love We see people as precious and valuable, so much so, that we share our lives with them.
Service. We strive to show our love by serving those in front of us, listening to them and seeking our mutual growth and healing. We believe we each have the capacity to serve according to our unique purpose, story, gifts, and brokenness
Our community is currently made up of 22 people, including 15 adults and 7 children. We also have many dogs, cats, goats, and chickens! We live together in 5 small homes and a dormitory and we often meet together in our community center.
Our life together includes a number of regular activities, including: check-in and sharing times, prayer and study, community meals, community chores, the pursuit of our livelihood and sustainability through production and agriculture, and service to our neighbors and visitors through our various service teams.
Shepherd's Home is a place of learning and education, however we are unlike most traditional educational institutions. We learn primarily by striving to practice our beliefs and values, and reflecting together regularly on what we are learning.
In our life together we value practices that help us to recognize our false self and that lead us into a deeper understanding of our true identity. We create spaces for open and honest communication with each other. And, we value simplicity, where we are free from pursuits of materialism or excess. Our desire is to share the extra that we may have with others.